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Waitematā DHB Gastroenterology Services

Public Service, Gastroenterology & Hepatology (Liver)

Urea Breath Test

This is a simple painless test to determine whether the bacteria Helicobacter pylori is present in the stomach. The test involves collecting a sample of your breath in a test tube and then you drink a small amount of fluid containing a non radioactive isotope. A further breath sample is taken 30 minutes later to complete the test.

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